MOUNT VERNON, N.Y. -- Mayor Richard Thomas has announced the issuance of redesigned government parking placards for the City of Mount Vernon.
The new placards will be assigned to specific government employees to ensure compliance with parking rules and to minimize abuse. City Hall employees will have to sign a form indicating they understand the responsibilities associated with receiving one.
The city has also developed parking placards to be issued for clergy, the chamber of commerce and members of the press.
“We are issuing parking placards to the clergy in recognition of the vital services they provide to the people of this city,” Thomas said. “We are including the Mount Vernon Chamber of Commerce and Fourth Avenue Merchants Association to demonstrate our commitment to grow the local economy.
“Further, and for the first time, the City of Mount Vernon is issuing press parking placards as part of our new press credential policy. These special placards are part of my commitment to bring transparency to every aspect of City Hall.”
Thomas, however, cautions recipients of the placards to use them wisely.
“Parking placards are a privilege that still carry the requirement to feed the meter,” he said. “They are a signal that someone is on important public business and help city operations move in a smooth and efficient manner. They are not to be used to skirt parking rules or regulations.”
Thomas said police will ticket vehicles with improper or counterfeit placards. Penalties can include revocation and towing, he added.